UMaine scientists envision smart mills, new papers for medicine and food packaging

The current potato chip bag will go the way of the dodo by 2025 if Doug Bousfield has his way.

The University of Maine professor aims to develop fully recyclable packaging using cellulose nanomaterials derived from wood pulp. The cellulose nanomaterials hold promise for replacing the thin layer of noncompostable aluminum used now to keep oxygen from getting in to spoil the chips, and grease from the chips from getting out through the package to soil consumers.

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